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I think it is absolutely crazy to buy a brand new boat, at those prices, when you can buy one that's hardly been used for a fraction of that.


Used boat prices are crazy high

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I have a 20 ft tuffy osprey pro series tiller with a Suzuki df 115 on it I'd let go for 15,000.00. Great big water boat. It's on the Illinois Wisconsin border though.

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There was a well known member here ( it seemed ) with a very nice boat motor and trailer and a decent price. I think it was 17’ deep v package. He was from down near Des Moines. I contacted him on it last year and I thought it a sharp deal but too small for what I do.
Maybe you could find him? He initially posted it here in the classifieds.

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I don't and have never fished for walleye but if it's mostly trolling I would look at a Pacific Northwest style aluminum boat .... you can get them as small as 16' up to bigger than you can tow. Can get a full canvas top, 1/2 top/ 3/4, etc. but I would go for the hard top with a heater.... can fish in some pretty nasty weather and stay dry and comfy.

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Originally Posted by hardway
I don't and have never fished for walleye but if it's mostly trolling I would look at a Pacific Northwest style aluminum boat .... you can get them as small as 16' up to bigger than you can tow. Can get a full canvas top, 1/2 top/ 3/4, etc. but I would go for the hard top with a heater.... can fish in some pretty nasty weather and stay dry and comfy.

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That doesn't leave much room for fishing.


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You mean, like this?

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Here is a stock photo of something similar in tiller configuration:

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You mean, like this?

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That's more like it.


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Originally Posted by hardway
I don't and have never fished for walleye but if it's mostly trolling I would look at a Pacific Northwest style aluminum boat .... you can get them as small as 16' up to bigger than you can tow. Can get a full canvas top, 1/2 top/ 3/4, etc. but I would go for the hard top with a heater.... can fish in some pretty nasty weather and stay dry and comfy.

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Nice boat!

Similar to the Kingfisher, I agree with you on the hard top with the heater, especially if you are a Hard-Core Fisherman and you target multiple species and fish three seasons on larger bodies of water like Lake Ontario.

This type of boat is better suited for a fishing guide than the average fisherman.

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Hard tops are popular here in the NW on 22”+ boats used in saltwater. They are great for trolling when it’s nasty out. They also do well for bottom fishing. However, they are a bit much in my opinion for most freshwater applications other than maybe the Great Lakes.

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Originally Posted by Gooch_McGrundle
Hard tops are popular here in the NW on 22”+ boats used in saltwater. They are great for trolling when it’s nasty out. They also do well for bottom fishing. However, they are a bit much in my opinion for most freshwater applications other than maybe the Great Lakes.

I use them for the Pacific, where a real boat is a MUST~

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You folks sure like some pricy$ boats, power to you.


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Originally Posted by KillerBee
Originally Posted by Gooch_McGrundle
Hard tops are popular here in the NW on 22”+ boats used in saltwater. They are great for trolling when it’s nasty out. They also do well for bottom fishing. However, they are a bit much in my opinion for most freshwater applications other than maybe the Great Lakes.

I use them for the Pacific, where a real boat is a MUST~

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How big is the gas tank? Bet the long run to the tuna wouldn’t be so bad in that!

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Originally Posted by Gooch_McGrundle
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Originally Posted by Gooch_McGrundle
Hard tops are popular here in the NW on 22”+ boats used in saltwater. They are great for trolling when it’s nasty out. They also do well for bottom fishing. However, they are a bit much in my opinion for most freshwater applications other than maybe the Great Lakes.

I use them for the Pacific, where a real boat is a MUST~

Love the Kingfisher
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How big is the gas tank? Bet the long run to the tuna wouldn’t be so bad in that!

Not Sure, the boat belongs to one of my Guides where I go fishing out of Prince Rupert BC. The boat is FANTASTIC!

Would be a Killer Tuna Boat no doubt!


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Those shiny fish don’t look like walleye !



Walleye boats - depend where you fish… as to what you need.

Common no-brainer…

A bow trolling motor is required to pull worm harnesses (slow troll)
A kicker motor is required to pull lead and lures (1.3-3.X mph trolling)

the second one CAN bite you in the tail…. Because used boats often have the largest motor on them, so you can’t get a kicker on it, and then you end up back trolling which sucks…. you can use trolling bags and run your big engine at idle but you won’t have the speed control you need to do a good job… which is why the pro boats for walleye have not only a kicker but troll control electronics…

The stupid fish bite based on speed, then color and shape…

So the rest you can screw with pretty easy - those 2 you can not.
one last thing - lithium batteries last twice as long as lead acid and weight half as much so it’s a good idea to get those if you can afford it.


the only other big ticket items is boat electronics -

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If you are actively fishing points or especially Crappie - Garmin's live scope is killing everything out there.

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I have 80# 24v on both of my boats. They are more powerful and last longer than a single battery.

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This is my ALL-TIME FAVORITE WALLEYE LURE!

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I think it is absolutely crazy to buy a brand new boat, at those prices, when you can buy one that's hardly been used for a fraction of that.


Used boat prices are crazy high


This has sure been the case

I think things are starting to get back inline a bit

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I personally do not buy anything new; you drive off the lot taking a big $$$ loss. I prefer someone else to take the hit, does that make me a smart or bad man? lol


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I also like to buy used. People talk about their boats , but the hours on the meter show they dont use them much and many are toys that they play with, get bored and sick of paying payment and take up room. Then they sell them.


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